West Indian Ocean coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae)
Preserved specimen of chalumnae (Also known as Coelacanth) in the Natural History Museum, Vienna, Austria.
Believed to have been extinct for 70 million years, this specimen was caught the 18 October of 1974, next to Salimani/Selimani (Grande Comore, Comoros Islands)
Length: 170 cm - Weight: 60 kg
Date August 2007
Author Alberto Fernandez Fernandez https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Afernand74
The West Indian Ocean coelacanth (Latimeria chalumnae), sometimes known as the African coelacanth is one of two extant species of coelacanth, a rare order of vertebrates more closely related to lungfish, reptiles and mammals than to the common ray-finned fishes. It has a vivid blue pigment, and is the better known of the two extant species. The species has been assessed as critically endangered on the IUCN Red List. Order: Coelacanthiformes, Family: Latimeriidae, Synonyms: Malania anjouanae.